Mental Moment-imagine getting what you want

 In Coaches, Healthy Lifestyles, Professional & Olympic Athletes

Psychoneuromuscular theory states that through the use of imagery an athlete imagines movements/scenarios/situations without performing them but it’s as if they were performing them because similar impulses occur in the brain and in the muscles.

What: by recreating a peak, positive experience you have had or creating a positive experience you have not had (role model/icon in the sport).

How: through vividness (senses), self awareness (thoughts & feelings), & controllability (quick recall).

Why (use imagery): learn something new, error correction, relax, focus, confidence, injury recovery, etc.

Combined with physical practice imagery produces peak results.

Happy Weekend!

Dr. Michelle

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Dr. Michelle Cleere
In her own private practice as an elite performance expert, Dr. Michelle Cleere helps top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. Dr. Michelle’s extensive academic background, which includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, allows her to help clients deal with performance anxiety, gain more confidence, and build resilience. In addition to personal coaching, Dr. Michelle takes on many roles – a best-selling author, athlete, and teacher. Dr. Michelle’s bestseller line, Beating the Demons, helps clients develop practical skills to gain more control over competitive environments and mitigate the interruption in play to overcome intense odds and defeat adversity. As a 15-year USAT Coach, she developed simple and effective tools to mentally train her athletes, and they are used by coaches around the world. She is a professor at John F. Kennedy University where she teacher her students to use the mind as an ally to improve performance.
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